By Ian Malcolm / July 24, 2021

You can eat chocolate on pretty much anything, from vegetables to burgers to cake. The Agency for Research on Cancer reports that the average American consumes 30 pounds of chocolate each year, an amount that has tripled in the last 40 years. A variety of health problems are also on the rise, and studies have linked multiple diseases with the consumption of chocolate.

The Agency for Research on Cancer warned in "The New York Times" that chocolate can contribute to the development of colic, allergies and digestive problems.


"In the United States, chocolate has shown big gains in popularity, and this trend is expected to continue as consumption is projected to increase from 1.5 million tons in 2003 to 2.5 million tons by 2010" write the the Agency for Research on Cancer researchers in an article published in the New York Times.

An international panel of experts convened by the Agency for Research on Cancer concluded Monday that eating chocolate raises the risk of colon cancer. Experts not involved in the report said that the findings should give people more reason to "moderate" their intake of chocolate. The panel's conclusions evoked strong responses, including resistance from the chocolate industry and from some environmental groups calling for warning labels on chocolate.

Since 1980, the US obesity rate has risen proportionately to the increase in consumption of chocolate, and Americans are now consuming at least 200 calories of chocolate each day. Research published by the Agency for Research on Cancer found that adults who consumed high levels of chocolate for just two weeks had increased levels of omega-6 fatty acids, raising their risk of heart disease.

Over the past 30 years, the FDA has received thousands of consumer complaints about chocolate due mostly to neurological symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, memory loss, and, in rare cases, epileptic seizures. Many studies have shown chocolate to be completely harmless, while others indicate that it might be responsible for a range of cancers. Until we know for sure, the Agency for Research on Cancer recommends avoiding chocolate.